Garden were students dig after the language
The teachers think students learn Swedish and more about the community, the climate and the environment through activities outside the classroom. And lessons are more fun too.
– We have different activities as well that we are trying to develope, for example ”guest of the week”, when various people come and talk about what they do, for instance, and the students can ask them questions, says Ditte Nicklasson Hultén.
”Dig, turn over the earth, shovel - these words are completely new to me and my classmates. Like this we learn the words more easily, and we soon understand them”Mufida Shahin
Some beds have been filled with earth, and the students have sown seeds and set plants.
– Our language garden is a project to teach new arrivals the language by a different method. At the same time they learn the names of different plants, she says.
For many students this was the first time they had ever planted anything in the ground.
They also learn new words which can be useful in working life.
– Dig, turn over the earth, shovel - these words are completely new to me and my classmates. Like this we learn the words more easily, and we soon understand them, says Mufida Shahin.
The students all agree that lessons outside the clasroom can be more exciting. They see with their own eyes what is happening, and can follow the result of their work.
– We started to plant onions and different kinds of flowers. We watch how they grow, and learn something new every day. Practical things as well, says Pari Mohammadi.